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Wortley

Military site : non-airfield

Wortley was a Reserve Ammunition Dump in South Yorkshire, to the west of Barnsley and north of Sheffield.

Advance Ammunition Parks used by the RAF were often enlarged to include USAAF munitions. These dumps which might exploit natural cave systems or dense woodland, also included concrete structures as a means of protection. Some were also used to store poison gas bombs or chemical weapons.

Wortley Hall was requisitioned by the RAF for use initially as the Headquarters for the operation of the site. Hence it giving its name to the site. Some US Officers were initially billeted in there. The munitions store stretched from Grenoside to near to Shepley. The site at Scout Dike was the main accommodation site and eventually the whole operational HQ and accommodation was transferred there in late 1943.

The site was initially fully commissioned by the RAF on April 10th 1942. It began its transfer to US forces in July 1942 and was fully adopted by the US Ordnance Corps on 1 October 1942. Hand over to the 8th Air Force was made in July 1943.

Detailed history

Black GI units were also based here. This film clip from the Yorkshire Film Archive shows black servicemen playing baseball at Ecclesfield in July/August 1942:
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/ecclesfield-holiday-week-1942-1943

It is probably reasonable to conclude that these were servicemen from the Ordnance Depot 0-695 at Wortley.

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Service

Units

People

  • Blum

    Military | Captain
    Captain Blum, of the Medical Corps, is briefly mentioned as being in charge of the hospital at Wortley in the 1943 inspection report of 8th AF supply depots.

  • A Bray

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer
    (Major) A N Bray was the Commanding Officer at Wortley in 1943.

  • N J Connor

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    2nd Lt NR Connor is one of eight officers who feature on a 1943 official US photo of the depot staff of AAF581 Wortley Ordnance Store.

  • W A Eadie

    Military | First Lieutenant
    1st Lt WA Eadie Jr is one of eight officers who feature on a 1943 official US photo of the depot staff of AAF581 Wortley Ordnance Store.

  • Ganoe

    Military | Colonel

  • E Glass

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    2nd Lt E C Glass is one of eight officers who feature on a 1943 official US photo of the depot staff of AAF581 Wortley Ordnance Store.

  • Grubb

    Military | Colonel | Wing Commander
    Wing Commander, 8th Air Force Combat Support Wing. Colonel Grubb conducted an inspection tour of 8th AF Combat Support Wing Installations commencing 1st Nov. 1943. At Col. Grubb's request he was accompanied by Colonel Ganoe. They were also...

  • Cecil Hallas

    Civilian
    Cecil was living in Dry Hill when war broke out. After leaving school at 14, he worked at the George Ashworth's hairdressers on Penistone High Street from 1942. ...

  • J La Ponte

    Military | First Lieutenant
    1st Lt J J La Ponte is one of eight officers who feature on a 1943 official US photo of the depot staff of AAF581 Wortley Ordnance Store.

  • Michael

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    In the Nov.1943 Inspection report of Supply Command Depots made by Wing Co. Colonel Grubb it was commented that 'a Lt Michael seemed to be particularly bright and apt'. The October 1943 series of photos at the site does not show a Lt Michael. So...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2016 23:01:38 Redmist Changes to usaaf to date, construction date and closure date
Sources

USA 'UK Station Lists' record troops still present in May 1945, with no further record made until the December of that year when no Units are recorded as being at Wortley.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 10:44:17 Lucy May Changes to known as
Sources

Langsett & Midhope At War website: http://www.langsettandmidhopeatwar.co.uk/scout-dyke/

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 13:30:21 Lucy May Changes to usaaf from date
Sources

US first use date from RAF & US wartime documentation consulted by Duncan Simpson.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 13:27:52 Lucy May Changes to description and history
Sources

Details sent through by Duncan Simpson.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 10:32:14 Lucy May Changes to history
Sources

Research on the film has been carried out by Duncan Simpson.

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2014 12:20:12 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Station summary amended to more accurately describe the location of USAAF Station 581. Information provided by researcher Duncan Simpson.

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 18:55:18 Redmist Changes to known as
Sources

US Army Ordnance Department Documentation

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 15:22:29 Redmist Changes to latitude and longitude
Sources

US Army Ordnance Department Documentation

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 15:20:04 Redmist Changes to known as
Sources

U.S. Army Ordnance Department Documentation.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 1991).
https://www.rhydymwynvalleyhistory.co.uk/history/history-dangerous-stuff...
http://www.wortleyheritage.org.uk/Home/history/a-brief-history-of-wortle...
http://www.bjmjr/ww2/uk_83144.htm

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